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Letters The neglected refugee crisis

Call for preventive care for rheumatic heart disease in refugee children

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 26 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2312
  1. Gabriele Rossi, paediatrician1,
  2. Vivian Sau Wai Lee, board member2
  1. 1Médecins Sans Frontières (Operational Centre Brussels), 1050 Brussels, Belgium
  2. 2Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong, 22/F Pacific Plaza, 410-418 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
  1. gab.rossi{at}

We support Murphy and colleagues’ call for better access to healthcare for Syrian refugees scattered in neighbouring countries.1 In particular, they suggest upgrading and adapting the medical response to the refugees’ needs by considering the specific disease profile of the Syrian population, characterised by the dominance of non-communicable diseases in adults. …

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